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50 years ago in the championship series in Reykjavík, the defender Boris Spassky and the “challenging” Bobby Fischer played the famous…


Queen’s Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. Exchange Variation.

Fischer, white, played an opening he had never used before, and had been critical of. It morphed into the QGD. Move 20 e4! was the key.

Spassky resigned and then joined in applauding Fischer with the watchers.

This gentlemanly gesture from Spassky moved Fischer (who had been serious jerk to this point). It probably sparked what would be a long friendship with Spassky after the match. However, Fischer remained a jerk during the match.  For the first six games, except for Game 3, they had used a stone chess board.  He complained about the size of the squares.  After Game 6 Fischer demanded that they change to the wooden board from Game 3.  Spassky agreed, as usual, to the pesky demands.   The board issue would return at Game 8.

Game 6 – an explanatory video HERE
1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Qa4 c5 13.Qa3 Rc8 14.Bb5 a6 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.0-0 Ra7 17.Be2 Nd7 18.Nd4 Qf8 19.Nxe6 fxe6 (diagram) 20.e4 d4 21.f4 Qe7 22.e5 Rb8 23.Bc4 Kh8 24.Qh3 Nf8 25.b3 a5 26.f5 exf5 27.Rxf5 Nh7 28.Rcf1 Qd8 29.Qg3 Re7 30.h4 Rbb7 31.e6 Rbc7 32.Qe5 Qe8 33.a4 Qd8 34.R1f2 Qe8 35.R2f3 Qd8 36.Bd3 Qe8 37.Qe4 Nf6 38.Rxf6 gxf6 39.Rxf6 Kg8 40.Bc4 Kh8 41.Qf4 1–0 (Resignation)

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One Comment

  1. bigtex says:

    Bobby Fischer was outspokenly red-pilled and of course was persecuted for it. But he died with a Catholic funeral.

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